Who am I?
I am a Green first-term member of the Finnish parliament from the Uusimaa electoral district. I hold a Master’s Degree in Forestry and Agriculture, having majored in environmental protection. I have been a councilor in the city of Espoo since 2009.
I work in politics because I want to preserve the Earth as a good place to live with a multi-diverse nature also for coming generations. We must fight against climate change and protect our unique environment. In addition to the environment, I want to safeguard our welfare state. High-quality education is an investment in the future. A sustainable future requires sustainable decisions.
Education, work, and positions of trust
Before being elected as an MP, I worked as Chief for Communal Matters for The Greens in Finland and as First Deputy Chair in the City Council of Espoo.
In my positions of trust, I have focused i.e. on the conservation of nature, climate issues, urban planning, sustainable logistics, housing policy, indoor air problems, good management, and transparency in decision making.
Family and hobbies
My family consists of my husband and daughter, who studies gymnastic sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. In my free time, I am an active jogger, and I cycle year around. I love spending time in the woods and enjoy a weekend at my cottage. I am a vegan, and new, locally produced plant-based products in the supermarket make me happy.
I enjoy culture and reading. Every now and then, I go to the theatre, the movies, or to an exhibition.
My work in the Parliament
The most important work in the Parliament is done in Committees. I am a member of three Committees:
- Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee
- Member of the Administration Committee
- Deputy Member of the Transport and Communications Committee
In addition to the Committee work, I do influencing work in the Green parliamentary group and through for example speeches and writing. A few more issues that are particularly important work me are resisting poverty, diminishing differences in access to healthcare, good care for the elderly, cooperation with developing countries, and equal and high-quality education from early childhood to universities and polytechnics.